HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison has made his 23rd signing for 2012, recruiting Oldham-based utility player Callum Casey.
Casey, the son of former professional prop Leo Casey, was on a full-time deal with Super League winners Leeds this year but was released by the Headingley giants at the end of the season.
The 21 year old, who had a successful spell with Oldham on a dual-registration contract in mid-summer, can cover half back, hooker or loose forward.
“Callum is a bit of a project player for me,” said Harrison.
“He played well with Oldham last year, he has a good pedigree and he gives us options.
“I’d say he’s a Kevin Sinfield type player; he’s not the biggest of blokes, but he has a good pass, he can kick a ball pretty well and he knows how to play the game.
“The challenge for him now is to make the transition from doing well in Championship One to the Championship and prove he can perform at that level.”
Harrison admitted to being impressed with Casey’s attitude, with the player rejecting the lure of regular first team football elsewhere in order to try and force his way into Fax’s plans.
“Oldham were really keen to keep him, and he had some other offers too,” said Harrison.
“But the kid is keen to challenge himself and he’s bought into my vision for Halifax.
“He’s in a similar position to Dane Manning before he came to Batley last year; he’s not quite made the cut at Leeds and he’s looking for an opportunity.
“I’ll make sure he gets that and we’ll see how he develops.”
Fax are remaining tight-lipped on a potential move for Leigh’s prolific centre Mick Nanyn, although Courier Sport understands the player - who also reputedly has offers from Batley as well as the currently coach-less Centurions - is expected to decide his destination in the next 24 hours.
Harrison also said “four or five” of last season’s under 23 squad would be invited to join the club’s pre-season programme next month.